New writers often ask about sending their work to a publisher or editor without a copyright. They believe that without that protection their idea and work may be stolen.
To ease your mind we
have prepared these facts:
The minute you create your work you OWN the Copyright
Even incomplete work bears your copyright
You do not need to register, apply or publish in order to secure your copyright.
Copyrights last until 70 years after your death—if two or more authors hold the copyright--it will be in force for 70 years after the death of the last surviving author. When you publish your work you can register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright office.
More information about Copyrights can be found at
When sending out your work if you want to prove the date of creation – mail the work to yourself and do not open the envelope.
The US Governments postmark verifies the date
Find a place to work and have everything you will need to write easy to get to and right there
5 W’s - the 5 W’s Who, What, Where, When, Why and also How
Choose a Theme—the Theme should be the main focus of your story
Research – Don’t get caught by a reader with a WRONG Fact
Descriptive Dialog—can make your story come alive
Hook – Grab your reader’s attention
See to the C’s—the C’s of writing are be clear, concise and correct
Read aloud and See—hear your words and see if you begin
to visualize your story
READ - READ - READ
Reading other authors will help you better understand the craft of writing
Writing Characters and Symbols
How do you get the copyright symbol or
the cents sign into your work - find a really good
Keyboard Special Character List